The writers of The Conjuring have a new horror franchise up their sleeves, and it’s based on one of the most notorious and disturbing historical horrors of all time. Chad and Carey Hayes, writers of The Conjuring (2013) and The Conjuring 2 (2016), announced that they will be helming a new horror franchise based on the history and ghosts of the infamous LaLaurie mansion in New Orleans. 

Just about every haunted history fan has heard about the LaLaurie mansion, where New Orleans socialite Madame Delphine LaLaurie tortured and murdered enslaved people on the third floor of her home in the 1830s. LaLaurie’s abuse was discovered in 1834, after an enslaved woman who had been chained to a stove set a fire in the house, either in a suicide attempt or to draw attention to what was happening inside the mansion. When bystanders responded to the fire, they found seven enslaved people imprisoned on the third floor who had shown signs of horrible torture. While details of LaLaurie’s torture have most likely been exaggerated in local legend over the years, the abuses suffered by the people enslaved in that house were no doubt horrendous. In fact, the revelation of what was happening in the house provoked a mob of New Orleans residents to destroy the house. Madame LaLaurie escaped justice and died overseas in France.

 

The building that currently stands on the sight of the destroyed mansion was built in 1838 and has reportedly housed intense ghostly activity since. It’s rumored to be cursed, and even though the public has had no access inside since the 1930s, numerous people have reported being overcome with a negative and oppressive feeling just from passing by on the street. 

Recently, a change in ownership has allowed the Hayes brothers unprecedented access to the site. They are reportedly considering writing the first draft of the script in the house and shooting some of the first film on location. If the stories are true, they better prepare for some serious ghostly encounters, and a possible curse, in the process!

Of the project, the Hayes brothers said;

“We love writing films in which we get to tell true stories – incorporating moments that people can look up and discover did in fact happen. With the LaLaurie House we get to do exactly that… there is a wealth of documentation of a very dark and frightening past of true events. Not to mention that after spending some time there, what we personally experienced was truly unnerving. We haven’t been this excited about a project since the Conjuring!”

 

Principal photography for the first film in the announced franchise is set to begin in 2020. What do you think of the news? Is the LaLaurie Mansion a prime subject for a horror franchise? Or is it too dark and tragic of a true story for the horror treatment? If you ask me, the Hayes brothers’ plans sound like the set up for a New Orleans set version of Hell House LLC. Let us know what you think on Twitter, in the Nightmare on Film Street Subreddit, and on Facebook in the Horror Movie Fiend Club!

 

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